New Dann Investigation Begins

State Inspector General Tom Charles on Thursday said his phone has been “ ringing off the hook” with people willing to offer information about former Attorney General Marc Dann.
Dann resigned from office Wednesday following a sex scandal that plagued his office for more than a month.
Earlier this week, lawmakers passed a bill giving Charles authority to conduct an investigation of Dann’s office. After Dann announced his resignation, Gov. Ted Strickland said that Charles’ investigation would proceed as planned, 10TV’s John Fortney reported.

On Thursday, Charles gave no timeline regarding his investigation, but said the inquiry would be a broad sweep aided by the Ohio Ethics Commission, the Franklin County prosecutor, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the state auditor.
According to Charles, many people have contacted his office with information about the former attorney general.
“Our phones have, I say, have been ringing off the hook,” Charles said. “We’ve had a number of phone calls of people wanting to talk. People wanting to complain and people that want to give us evidence. We’ll accept all that.”
Charles did not elaborate on the identities of the callers, Fortney reported.
The inspector general confirmed that documents and computer equipment were confiscated this week from Dann’s offices in Columbus and Youngstown.
Charles said there had been no efforts to impede the investigation.
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Previous Stories:

May 14, 2008: Dann Resigns As Attorney General
May 13, 2008: AG Office: Dann Has Not Resigned
May 9, 2008:  Democrats Rescind Endorsement Of Dann
May 8, 2008: Dann Cancels Appearances; Hires Consultant
May 7, 2008: Employee: Dann Should Resign
May 6, 2008: Calls For Dann's Impeachment Soften
May 5, 2008: Dann Working Despite Calls To Resign
May 3, 2008: Democrats Call For Dann To Leave Office
May 2, 2008: 3 Aides Ousted; AG Admits Affair
April 30, 2008: Dan Staffer Claims Someone Ransacked Her Office
April 29, 2008: Suspended AG Administrator Tied Into Other Crash
April 23, 2008: Gutierrez To Face Second Investigation
April 22, 2008: Police: No Criminal Charges Filed In Sexual Harassment Case
April 18, 2008: Man In Sexual Harassment Investigation Had Previous Legal Problems
April 17, 2008: Technical Glitches Arise In Sexual Harassment Case
April 16, 2008: New Details Emerge In Sexual Harassment Case
April 14, 2008: Attorney General Puts Director On Leave
April 9, 2008: Attorney General Addresses Claims Against Services Director
April 8, 2008: Attorney General Staffers File Federal Complaint
April 7, 2008: Attorney General Suspends Director Amid Sexual Harassment Claims